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Birthday evening a real crowd pleaser

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was birthday party that turned into a pig picking that was a crowd pleaser and some good eating. No happy birthday songs but lots of laughter and some pictures for good memories for a special girl who turned 14. The age-old expression “blackberry winter” fit…

Editor’s Note — It’s not 1968

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It’s not 1968. I’ll say it again — it’s not 1968. But despite the fact that it’s clearly 2015, almost every news article or commentary I’ve read about the rioting in Baltimore, a city that I love and grew up in, mentions the riots in 1968, which began, peacefully, as…

Reader’s Forum — 4-29-15

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The Lincoln Times-News welcomes letters to our Reader’s Forum. Thanks for making Earth Day a success Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 as a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural resources. The Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District sponsored an Earth Day…

Editor’s Note — The good news

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I got an email from a reader a few weeks ago. I use that term “reader” loosely, because I’m fairly certain this person, who admittedly lives outside the county, read only one of our stories. This email was a testament to the sort of righteous indignation that’s usually reserved for…

Our View — An important step for school budget

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It’s that time of year again, when the county’s Board of Education is preparing to make its budget requests to county commissioners. If the mood after a meeting on Wednesday between members of the Board of Commissioners and school board is any indication, this year’s budget talks will be far…

Read books, life changes anyway

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist When the weatherman calls for several rainy days, I head for the library. A new book is always good for me, rain or shine. Some fans of this column have asked me to name some good books. Even my optometrist asked me last week what I…

OUR VIEW — LHS fans step up

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It doesn’t take a lot of time spent in Lincoln County to find out about the rabidity of Lincolnton High School athletics fans. The football and basketball team is known for packing stadiums and gymnasiums, and even the less prominent sports teams still have a devoted and sizeable following. That…

Wilson’s dreams come true

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      PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist   Becky Wilson told me she used to work at Conforto, a furniture manufacturing facility that made computer chairs. Her skills there included putting the chairs together, welding them and running the robot, among other duties that were carried out in the plant.…

Editor’s Note — New Democratic chair facing an uphill battle

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  I don’t envy Tommy Huskey. The new chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Party has his work cut out for him. The party still holds power inside Lincolnton’s city limits, but the county is as Republican as Republican can be. Undoubtedly, one of Huskey’s goals is to change that…

Ball and chain adds to office collection

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  KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Our friend and tax advisor collects everything. Badges, bottles and buttons are just a few of many accumulations, all dust-free, on narrow shelves around walls in his office. Signs, sand and souvenirs from many states show up among the small cars, cards and caps. Old…